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From the Pastoral Staff -— Deacon John

Updated 7/13/2018

The readings from Sacred Scripture show us how to journey through life

by traveling light while dealing with obstacles and challenges. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to be prophets. To be prophetic means to be concerned for one another. We have been called or missioned to go make a difference in our world. As with Amos in the first reading, we might not like being told what to do or where to do it. Amaziah tells Amos to get out of town and do his prophetic work somewhere else. As were the Twelve in the Gospel, we too have given authority and are sent out with a walking stick and sandals, with the assurance of God’s blessings and love that we can walk by faith.

During Mass after we hear the Word of God, we are nourished and strengthened by the Eucharist, then we are blessed and sent to be a blessing. As we move from the Liturgy of the Word to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we are dismissed with the words with “Go in peace to announce the Gospel of the Lord”. This is our moment during the weeklong lived liturgy of Service or Charity to prophetically shine. The rough road begins once we walk out the church doors. Like Amos, we might be told to take our religion elsewhere, or like the Twelve we might have no real plan where to go or what to do.

Figuring out what to do with your life is not just about self-examination; it’s about examination of the world you live in. Theologian Frederick Buechner puts it this way: “Your vocation is where your greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” It takes a conscious act of imagining beyond what you see - connecting what you read, hear, and understand about the world - to the actual life you lead.

Josh Wilson titles one of my favorite songs our children’s choir sometimes sings “I Refuse”. I encourage you to reflect upon these lyrics during these divisive and oppressive times in our country when we can’t remain silent and still be Christian.
Sometimes I, I just want to close my eyes And act like everyone’s alright, when I know they’re not This world needs God, but it’s easier to stand and watch I could say a prayer and just move on, like nothing's wrong
But I refuse
‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care I don’t want to say another empty prayer Oh, I refuse to Sit around and wait for someone else To do what God has called me to do myself Oh, I could choose not to move But I refuse

I can hear the least of these, crying out so desperately And I know we are the hands and feet, of You, oh God So if You say move, it's time for me to follow through And do what I was made to do, and show them who You are.

May these words be your inspiration this week to be prophetic - knowing you have been blessed and called to be a blessing to others!

Deacon John